In Karnataka, there were many temples constructed by Hoysala Rulers and later renovated by Vijayanagar Empire. When we hear the name Hoyalasa, the Hoyasaleswara temple comes to our mind. However, there were other temples over a hundred in number that were not widely known. One of them will be The Lakshmi Narasimha Temple in the Village Of Javagal. Just to note that the ancestors of Indian Cricket fast bowler Javagal Srinath, hails from this village.

It was built in 1250 AD by Hoysala Ruler Veera Someswara, while the outer wall of this temple has been built by Vijayanagara Empire. The temple has three shrines, namely, Sridhara, Venugopala, and Lakshmi Narasimha. The Village of Javagal is 15 kilometers from the Hoysala capital Halebidu. The temple holds exquisite carvings that depict Vishnu in his twenty-four aspects. It also has various statues of Lord Krishna, Harihara, and Lady Parvati. The artisans keenly worked on the ornaments, which look more precise.

The base of this temple has six layers of rectangular frames showing various historical aspects, has the carvings of swans, leaves, horses, Elephats, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Most of the carvings of this temple have been done by the ancient sculptor Mallithamma. This temple doesn’t depict Shiva separately. Despite the temple’s ancientness, it is mostly ignored by Government and as a result, it is less known to tourists.     

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari